Albin "Abbie" Oscar Green was born November 8, 1939 in Greenbush, MN to Oscar & Florence (Voth) Green. He was the third of four children and grew up on the family farm driving tractor and caring for their many animals. Abbie was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Greenbush. He attended the local school where he did well in class as well as sports. He played both basketball & football, winning the district championship in football during his senior season. He continued to have a lifelong love of sports, rooting for many different local, college, and professional sports teams.
Abbie graduated in 1957 and attended Hansen Auto School in Fargo, ND in the fall. After a year in Fargo, Abbie moved back to Greenbush where he worked at Thompson Chevrolet for a year. On June 25, 1960 Abbie married Muriel Melby at Pauli Lutheran Church in rural Greenbush. After a honeymoon on the North Shore, the couple settled in Stephen, MN where Abbie worked at Jenson Chevrolet and Muriel was a teacher. They lived there for five years, moving back to Greenbush in 1965 and two years later they welcomed their son Douglas into their family.
Abbie began farming with his brother Orin for several years before the brothers each started their own farm. Abbie and Muriel eventually moved onto his home farm where they continued to grain farm and milk cows. They built a new barn and put up silos, allowing them to expand their dairy herd. Their new barn was one of the first in the area to have an automatic barn cleaner with a manure pit, saving Abbie much work during chores every day.
In 1986 their son Doug married Corena Christianson and their family continued to grow. Also, that year Abbie and Doug formed a partnership, Green Acres Dairy, where the family still dairies cows and grain farms. Abbie was active on the farm for his whole life, doing everything and anything that needed to be done. He could fix almost anything and did most of his own machine work. He loved Massey Ferguson & Oliver tractors and could often be found working in the field or just watching from the road.
Abbie was very strong in his faith and active in the United Free Lutheran Church where he held many different leadership positions over the years, as well as teaching Bible study. His favorite Bible verse was Psalm 46:1, and many mornings he could be found at the kitchen table doing his devotions, his strong hands folded in prayer. He was a quiet man, full of love, grace and kindness. He loved being surrounded by his family…. kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He often told his beloved wife, “We have everything.” Abbie passed away at his home on December 31, 2021. His legacy of faith and hard work lives on through his family.
Abbie is survived by his wife of 61 ½ years, Muriel. His son Douglas (Corena) Green, grandchildren Monica(Preston) Byre, Matthew (Miranda) Green, Michele(Blaire) Berg, & Michael Green; great-grandchildren Brielle & Beckett Byre, Irene Green & Bentley Berg, siblings Orin (Joan) Green & Carol Hemp, sister-in-law Paulette Melby, brother-in-law Roger Bjorgan as well as many nieces, nephews & cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents Oscar & Florence, infant brother Marvin, brother-in-laws Wallace Melby & Ernie Hemp, and sister-in-law Faye Bjorgan.
A Visitation for Albin will be held at the United Free Lutheran Church in Greenbush from 6:00-7:30pm on Wednesday, January 5th with a Family Service at 7:30pm. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 6th at 2:00pm with a visitation a hour prior at the United Free Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Pauli Cemetery in rural Greenbush.